Reuben Tranes version of the Sandpiper

Sailboat Plans

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

23' 9" 25' 6" 22' 6" 1' 6"/6' 0" 32' 0"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 43%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

C. W. "Chuck" Paine Florida Bay Boat Co. 1986-1989? 275 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 5,300 lbs.

Most of the boats in the "Henhouse" of Reuben Trane, Florida Bay Boat Company's owner, were designed by Trane himself, the resident Hen expert, who also went by the name "Mon Poulet" and wrote his own advertising, filled with jokey but informative cartoons giving details and a sales pitch for each of his Hens. The Sand Hen, however, was designed by Chuck Paine in about 1980 as the Bahama Sandpiper 24 (page 272), and a set of molds was developed to sell bare hulls and decks as kit boats for do-it-yourselfers. Eventually Trane bought the molds, made some changes, mainly in the rig and interior plan, and commenced building the boat as a "beach cruiser." Best features: The boat shown here should make a great beach cruiser. With no shrouds to complicate the rigging, and lightweight spars (or maybe, these days, carbon fiber), getting from trailer to water and rigging the masts and sails would no doubt be an easy sin-glehanded job. Then you could short-tack down the narrow river (no jib to contend with), hook up the autopilot at the mouth of the river, and relax with your favorite beverage while the scenery rolls by. Worst features: It's hard to visualize where a conveniently located outboard engine could be mounted. Maybe a small inboard could be arranged?

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Sand Hen 24

23' 9"

8' 0"

1' 6"

3,500

1,500

19.1

137

NA

6.4

14.4

393

4

4' 9"

Hunter 240 (23)

23' 1"

8' 3"

1' 6"

3,600

1,300

16.5

148

255

6.3

14.6

416

4

4' 8"

Bahama Sandpiper 24

24' 0"

7' 11"

1' 6"

4,140

1,500

17.2

162

252

6.4

17.5

393

4

4' 9"

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